Benefit High Beam - Lena Talks Beauty

Benefit High Beam

A year or so ago, I bought the Benefit High Beam highlighter. I thought it was really pretty, but I didn’t really know how to use it. You can use it by applying it directly to your cheekbones, but I have since developed a different method that I prefer. It gives me luminous skin without being excessively highlighted, even for a day-to-day wear. Keep reading to find out just what that method is…

Benefit High Beam Highlighter - Lena Talks Beauty

Okay, time to confess my secret for glowing skin – it’s mixing my Benefit High Beam into my Maybelline Fit Me Foundation*! I already liked that it was a dewy foundation, which you may remember from my original review post earlier this year, but there’s no such thing as too much glow! (Okay maybe there is but so far I’m yet to find it).

Maybelline Fit me Foundation and Benefit High Beam foundation - Lena Talks BeautyI drop some of the Benefit High Beam onto the back of my hand  -you could use a makeup palette if you have such a thing, but I do not. I’m not a huge fan of the packaging of High Beam, to be frank. It looks like a nail polish, and once when I went to apply it to my friend’s cheeks she freaked out because that’s what she thought it was. It would be better in a pump or squeeze bottle.

Benefit High Beam - Lena Talks Beauty

I don’t really have specific proportions for this, I tend to just go with it – if you’re looking for specific instructions you’ve come to the wrong blog, sorry!

Mixing Benefit High Beam highlighter with Maybelline Fit Me Foundation

I mix it up with a little concealer brush, and then start applying it. I use the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge since I absolutely love the finish that it leaves on my skin. I use this sponge with most of my foundations since it’s so great – I bought it from iherb, and I’m probably due for a replacement since I’ve had it a for….probably longer than you should own one for.

Maybelline Fit Me Foundation and Benefit High Beam - Lena Talks Beauty

Maybelline fit me foundation is a medium coverage foundation so I like to touch up my blemishes with my MAC pro long wear concealer, so that it still looks fairly natural but also fakes like I have clear skin. I apply a dusting of my Makeup For Ever HD powder just so I don’t look overly shiny but it doesn’t take away from my glow-y skin. I know some people panic about flashback with the MUFE HD powder but as long as you don’t apply it too heavily it’s great, as I showed in this post of mine about avoiding flash back fails.
Benefit High Beam and Maybelline Fit me Foundation combined - Lena Talks Beauty

What do you think of this look/concept? If Benefit High Beam is a bit too expensive, a cheaper alternative I’ve used in the past is ELF shimmering facial whip which I bought for only a few dollars on iherb.

In New Zealand, Benefit is stocked in the department stores Smith & Caughey and Ballantynes. Online, you can purchase from Sephora AU or Sephora NZ

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*This was sent to me by Maybelline NZ.



  • Gorgeous & glowing Lena! xx

  • Chikoboo

    I do have a soft spot for Benefit High Beam and I too mix it with a foundation to give a glow. You look radiant!

    • Thanks! I barely used it until I read about doing this online and I was like…that’s genius!

  • Poo@beautyandmakeupmatters

    I havent tried Benefit highlighters but they seem to be good.. I like the idea of mixing them with foundation for that fake glow 😉 ..

    You look beautiful dear.. have a lovely day and week ahead.. <3 <3

    • They are good! There’s also a more golden one but I haven’t tried it before. Thank you xx

  • Dianne Childs

    I have a High Beam from way back but stopped using it. I never tried mixing it with my foundation, so I might give that a go, if I can locate it and it’s still OK! 🙂

    Di from Max The Unicorn

  • I have a small High Beam from last year’s advent calendar and I’ve been using it a lot lately. It’s not big enough to mix with my foundation but this is a great tip. I do this with my MAC Strobe Cream for a dewy effect too. I agree with the packaging though. I wish it’s not like nail polish!

    • I felt like when I wiped it onto my skin it got contaminated with foundation which was kind of gross! I nearly got the strobe cream but I decided to go with this one instead. I love the glowy look, perfect for summer!

  • I’ve been tempted to try the ELF whip, I have no idea about highlighting so I wouldn’t want to spend heaps. This looks so pretty though!

    • You should get it, it’s an easy way to get into highlighting.

      • I think I will, I bought their powder one but its way too gold, looks quite yellow on me which has scared me off a bit but there’s a nice white colour in the whip range which looks good, I think.

  • Kate Taylor

    Ooh I love the Benefit stuff I’ve tried and like the look of this one!